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Bundle of Blues

Distributed by Fanlight Productions, 32 Court St., 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 800-876-1710
Produced by Serena Down
Directed by Serena Down
DVD, color, 13 min.
College - Adult
Health Sciences

Reviewed by Kay Hogan Smith, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

Date Entered: 11/22/2005

Women who suffer from postpartum depression may finally be receiving some needed attention and help beyond the headline-grabbing stories of mothers whose psychopathologies result in tragedy. This short, empathic documentary relates the stories of three women with PPD, and their struggles to cope in the face of societal expectations of new mothers. One of the mothers chronicled here, whose story is told by her husband, tragically committed suicide before her condition was adequately addressed, but the others were able to find help and even find the courage to have other children. This ultimately hopeful film would make an excellent introduction for support group meetings, community discussions or even mental health professional education.